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29-1071.00 - Physician Assistants

Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.

Sample of reported job titles: Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C), Clinical Physician Assistant, Family Practice Physician Assistant, General Surgery Physician Assistant, Midlevel Provider, Orthopaedic Physician Assistant, Physician Assistant Certified (PAC), Physician Extender, Physician's Assistant, Surgical Physician Assistant

Also see: Anesthesiologist Assistants

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Tasks

  • Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Make tentative diagnoses and decisions about management and treatment of patients. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Administer or order diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Interpret diagnostic test results for deviations from normal. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Obtain, compile and record patient medical data, including health history, progress notes and results of physical examination. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Instruct and counsel patients about prescribed therapeutic regimens, normal growth and development, family planning, emotional problems of daily living, and health maintenance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Visit and observe patients on hospital rounds or house calls, updating charts, ordering therapy, and reporting back to physician. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform therapeutic procedures, such as injections, immunizations, suturing and wound care, and infection management. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of technicians and technical assistants. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Order medical and laboratory supplies and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Alcohol analysers — Breath alcohol testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anesthesia inhalers or inhaler units or accessories — Anesthesia ventilators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anoscopes or proctoscopes — Anoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Arterial blood gas monitors or accessories — Arterial blood gas monitoring equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Arterial line catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Audiometers or accessories — Audiometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Defibrillators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood collection needle — Blood collection needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood collection syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Canes or cane accessories — Canes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes — Doppler vascular equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cast cutters or saws — Cast removal saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Central venous catheters — Central venous pressure lines; Subclavian lines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cervical collars or neck braces — Cervical collars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chest tube — Chest tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crutches or crutch accessories — Crutches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets — Swan catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic blood pressure units — Electronic blood pressure monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment — Electrocautery devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories — Life support for trauma and transport LSTAT intensive care units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endoscopic video cameras or recorders or adapters or accessories — Endoscopic camera/video systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Eye charts or vision cards — Eye charts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fetal or gynecological ultrasound or echo units — Doppler ultrasound fetascopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floor grade nail nippers — Nail nippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas anesthesia apparatus — Anesthesia equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glucose monitors or meters — Glucometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Head or neck traction supplies — Halo fixation devices; Tong traction devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High frequency ventilators — High-frequency ventilators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hypodermic needle — Intramuscular needles; Subcutaneous hypodermic needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infusion pump kits or accessories — Interthercal therapy equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intraaortic balloon pump and accessories — Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intracranial pressure ICP monitoring units or accessories — Intracranial pressure monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits — Intravenous IV equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Knee brace or support — Knee braces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lancets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Long term continuous electrocardiography EKG or holter monitoring systems — Holter monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical cine fluoroscopy equipment — Fluoroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners — Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical suction or vacuum appliances — Tracheal suctioning equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use — X ray machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mercury blood pressure units — Manual blood pressure units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microscope slides See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nasogastric tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nebulizer or accessories — Nebulizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ophthalmic slit lamps — Slit lamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets — Ophthalmoscopes; Otoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthopedic splint systems — Splints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulse oximeter units — Oximeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radio frequency transmitters or receivers — Portable satellite telehealth terminals See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reflex hammers or mallets — Reflex hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spinal anesthesia kit or tray — Bone marrow biopsy equipment; Lumbar puncture equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies — Pulmonary function testing PFT equipment; Spirometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories — Artery forceps; Bull dog nose clamps; Mosquito artery forceps; Vascular straight aortic clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical curettes or loops — Surgical curettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical dissectors — Dissector rods; Harvester rods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical lasers or accessories — Plastic surgery lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories — Operating microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical needle holders for general use — Needle holders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical probes or directors — Nail probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical retractors for general use — Retractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories — Scalpel blades; Scalpel handles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical trocars for general use or accessories — Trocars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Suture needles — Suturing needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Suture removers — Suture scissors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tongue depressors or blades or sticks — Tongue blades See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tourniquets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Treadmill exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy — Therapeutic treadmill exercisers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tuberculin syringes — Tuberculin TB skin test equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Evacuated blood collection tubes; Vacutainer tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum tube needles — Aspirating needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vaginal exam specula — Vaginal specula See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Videoconferencing systems — Videoconferencing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Walkers or rollators — Walkers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Walking braces See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — ChartWare software; Electronic medical record EMR software; Teleradiology systems See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Storage media loading software — Patient records software for personal digital assistants PDAs See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Video conferencing software — Teleconferencing software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record patient medical histories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Diagnose medical conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prescribe medications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prescribe treatments or therapies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer intravenous medications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Immunize patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise patient care personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order medical supplies or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 90% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 95% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 80% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 65% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 60% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 65% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 65% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 65% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 60% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 45% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 60% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 60% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 60% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 35% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 45% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 40% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 30% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 30% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 55% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 40% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 65% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 50% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 40% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Related Experience Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Job Training Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.
SVP Range (8.0 and above)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
50   Master's degree
30   Bachelor's degree
15   Professional degree Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: SIR

  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $46.07 hourly, $95,820 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 87,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 48,900
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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